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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Memories!

Merry Christmas everyone! Christmas has always been a special time of year for me. Some have been better then other but the reason for celebrating Christmas is what makes it some special. That is the celebration of the our Savior Jesus the Christ.

I have only had two White Christmases. I can only remember a few of the gifts that I have gotten over the years. The moments I remember are the ones spending time with family and friends reflecting on the birth of Jesus.

I have not put up a Christmas tree in many years including this year. I miss doing it a little. My grandparents and I would add something new to our Christmas tree each year. My grandparents always made sure I had something under the tree to open on Christmas Day.

The things I enjoy the most is going to Christmas parties and church and sing Christmas carols. Silent Night is my favorite. It bring the best childhood memories back.

You can read the Christmas story in Matthew Chapters 1 and 2 and Luke 1:5 - 2:40.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bad Weather and Car Problems

while it as been two weeks since my the post. I am truly sorry. Last weekend we had a snow storm that I was surprise by the amount of snow we got. Normally, we do not get snow when a storm comes in from Tennessee. Snow comes when the cold air comes from the north and and the moisture comes up from the Gulf of Mexico. We got three inches of snow. I decided not to come over to my friend's house to used his computer due to the risk of black ice on the roads.

I have been without water at my house for over a week due to the cold temperatures. A pipe busted somewhere underground. The maintenance crew have been trying to fix it and the other leaks.

My car battery died on me this week. I feel blessed that I had the money to get a new one. It cost me $100 which was twenty percent more then the last battery the I got three or four years ago. I am making more money but it seems that I am able to get and do less things with the money I bring home.

Okay, now for some good news. Even with the bad weather, I did not miss any days from work. I will be getting a cost of living raise in January. God is blessing me with my job so much. With the new year coming in I am starting to think about ways to bring blessing to others in the new year. One of those blessings will be getting my Love, Jo Anne here to the United States form the Philippines. The immigration lawyer is suppose to call me Monday morning. I am hoping things will move quickly for us now that I have a stable job.

I hope everyone has a great week.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Remembering Pearl Harbor!

Sixty-Nine years ago today, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This attack for be the event that pushed the United States into World War II. The United States was the lost of 2,350 lives, including 68 civilians, and 1,178 injured. Over 1000 sailors lost their lives on the USS Arizona where most are still entombed til this day.

The United States declared war on December 8, 1941 against Japan. On December 11, 1941, Japan's allies, Germany and Italy declared was against the United States. Within weeks after Pearl Harbor, Japan invaded many of the island in the Pacific including the Philippines.

Lets take time now is remember all who fault and died on this day 69 years ago. Thank you for your service.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I Got The Job

While it is official, I am a permanent worker at work starting Monday night. Tuesday night one of the Human Resources guys came to me and handed me the packet of paperwork that I had been waiting for the pass month. I filled out the paperwork and took the drug test on Wednesday. Friday, I came to work early to do the final hiring processing. It feels good to have a more secure job now. Especially, a job that I like going too.

I hope this is the last time for awhile, I have to go through the hiring process. It seems to take longer and longer each time. I thought we have computers now that made it faster. I guess not.

Now that I have a good job, I can focus on the process of get Jo Anne to the United States. I will be calling a lawyer this week to help with her immigration. I am also hoping to go back to the Philippines in October of 2011. I hope to have something setup by that time so Jo Anne can join me on the way back.

I also hope to use the extra money from my job to get a new computer and a couple other things for my house that I have been putting off getting. I need to get myself some new clothes too. The last time I got myself some new clothes was when I visited Jo Anne in the Philippines back in February of 2009. The pass two years have been hard being apart from Jo Anne but God has been preparing us and putting us in the right places.

Now along with getting Jo Anne here I hope to start preparing things for the ministry I hope to start. The goal of the ministry will be to improve the lives of the people in the Philippines. Teaching they life skills while helping with their spiritual and physical needs. This is just one way I hope to Bless other people with the blessings that I have received form God.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Time With My Family!

This Thanksgivings Day was the first holiday in years that we had most of the family together. We had dinner at my mother's house. My aunt and uncle came with one of my cousins from out of town. Two of my brothers came and one came with his girlfriend. and mister Mary came with three of her kids. It was good to see and share this time where we came focus on the blessings God has given us.

I did most of the cooking. My sister and aunt helped finish up the cooking when I had to lay down due to a headache the I woke up with that morning. One of my favorite things to do is cook and share food with my family and friends. The turkey turned out great, nice and juicy. We also had the normal things my family has for Thanksgivings Dinner of sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and macaroni and cheese. I made creamed onions this year. I did not cook the onions all the way but they still turned out okay. A long with the pumpkin, apple, cherry, and sweet potato pies, I made Maja Blanca which is a coconut cake from the Philippines. Everyone one thanked we for the dinner and is still talking about how good it was.

I hope that when can do it again soon. I especially hope that we can get things moving to get Jo Anne here to join us during next years holidays.

Which on Friday, I saw a lot of black. it was the black of the back of my eyes lids. I stayed at my mom's house and slept and eat all day. I was so glad to get a good day of rest in after all the running I have been doing these past several weeks.

On Saturday, I got out and did some shopping. I got a couple Christmas cards for family and friends. I also tried to find the last item for a Christmas gift the I am sending to my friend David in Uganda. I did not find what I was looking for. I have to check the store on Main Street this week or make a trip to Greenville, South Carolina next weekend. I did buy myself a book. I hope the book helps me write more.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Season and a very Merry Christmas. I hope to do some post series that I am calling the twelve days of Christmas on my favorite things about Christmas and the history and traditions.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Things To Be Thankful For!

With today being Thanksgivings Day today in the United States. I wanted to take some time and share things that I thankful for.

Most of all I am thankful for the gift Jesus gave me on the cross 2000 years ago. God has been my source of strength in these hard times.

I am thankful to have been blessed to have my Love, Jo Anne in my life. I pray that things really get rolling soon for us to be together as husband and wife. Since the day Jo Anne first said hello to me, we have not gone one day without talking to one another in one way or another.

I am thankful for my family. I am glad I get to spend this day with them and cook for them. My mom have been a great help with sharing meal and company with.

I am thankful for my friends. They have encourage me to continue on in many dark times and celebrated with me in the happy times. They have giving me advice. Some have let me use their computers some I can check my e-mail and post things on this Blog.

I am thankful for my job. I thank God that I have a good source of income now. my job is a blessing to me that makes it possible to bless many others.

God has blessed me in many ways this pass year. I hope all of us take the time to see his blessings.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Financial Peace of Mind

"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3

"The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep."
Ecclesiastes 5:12

The biggest thing people struggle with in life is money or finances. Work hard to earn money and sometimes most people have to work even on Sundays to get more extra income to support their family. Now a days, many people are suffering from financial crisis and keep worrying about their needs. At church this morning, the Pastor talked about "How to have a financial peace of mind", I was so blessed with the message and I thank God because He speaks to me through His word. I want to share the five (5) ways on how we can have a financial peace of mind.

First: Don't make money the most important thing in your life.
(Luke 12:15/Matthew 6:33)
> Our relationship with God and our salvation is the most important thing in our life.

Second: Share your blessings to others (Luke 12:33-34)

Third: Don't be anxious about tomorrow (Matthew 6:31-32)
> We should remember the one who holds tomorrow is the one who holds our life.

Fourth: Think of yourself as God's money manager
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
> God can tell us to give or use something for Him anytime.
> We can relax because everything we have is from God.

Fifth: Be thankful to God and enjoy what you have
(Philippians 4:11/Hebrews 13:5)

There are two things that destructs us to have peace of mind and that is fear and envy. Fear of not having enough and envy against others who have more than you do. We must have "faith" that God will supply all our needs and let us rejoice with other people for their success and pray that God will help us to succeed. God is our provider and He knows everything that we need. We always have enough when God is our supply!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Celebration at Work!!!

Yesterday, I had a post birthday celebration at work. I really appreciate the effort of my coworkers to make my day a memorable one. There is no party but instead a simple gathering with some foods that we partake after a prayer. We had spaghetti, steam fish, puto, cake, ice cream, bread, pinaupong manok (chicken) and pineapple juice as our drinks. Everyone seems to be full after eating together and i really enjoyed the bonding time that we had that day. It seems that we spent the whole day eating, laughing and talking with each other while we are taking care of the kids. Even the kids enjoyed the spaghetti too. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all my coworkers who joined the celebration and for the foods you have shared yesterday as well as to my artistic coworker who made the lettering of my name posted on the wall.

Here are some of our pictures that I would like to share to everyone.

I thank God for my family, friends and of course my Love who made my birthday a special one. Another year of my life, more blessings will come. I will continue to serve the Lord and use my life for His glory.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Special Day!

Yesterday, I celebrated my birthday and I thank God for another year of my life. God has blessed in many ways, though sometimes I experienced trials but I still consider it as a blessing. I had a great time and enjoyed my day with some friends namely Thess, and Rowena together with Mariz (Thess daughter). We went to SM North City and do some window shopping, then we stayed at KFC to talked with each other and have our dinner. It's good to see Rowena again after a year because she went to Canada to be with her family. How i wish my Love was here to celebrate with me and I am sure he will enjoy to see the different Christmas decors in the mall. Christmas is near and more Christmas lights are hang on that makes the place looks more beautiful and colorful. I hope and pray that I can celebrate my birthday next year with my Love. Here are some of our pictures taken yesterday and I would like to share it with you guys, hope you like it!!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Daylight Savings Ends Tonight!

Just a little reminder to our readers in the United States to set your clocks back a hour before you go to sleep tonight. The better way to remember what to do is fall back a hour in the fall and spring forward in the spring. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Please Vote Today!

If you live in the United States, I encourage you to join me today and vote! No matter who you vote for let your voice be heard! Voting is our duty to our great county and the least we can do for the freedoms we enjoy. It is also the easiest way to protect them. Remember you lose the right to complain if you do not take the simple action to go out and vote.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Stop Running, Start Trusting

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like starts in the universe as you hold out the word of life in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing." Philippians 2:14-16

Stop, look and listen!!!
When God whispers we usually ignore and disobeyed Him. The book of Jonah showed how the prophet disobeyed the Lord when he commanded to go to Nineveh to preach to the people. But instead of following Him, Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed to Tarshish. Jonah's disobedience led to a punishment or disciplinary action for what he did. While he was on the ship the Lord send a great wind on the sea and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. Jonah knew it is his fault that he was the one to blame because he disobeyed God so he asked the sailors to throw him into the sea and as soon as Jonah's body was in the sea, the storm ceased.Their experienced caused ship's crew to fear God and they offered a sacrifice and made vows to Him. God was not through with Jonah, for he prepared a great fish to swallow him. Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. From within the fish Jonah prayed to God and God heard the prayer of the prophet. Jonah's deliverance brought him to the point of renewed devotion

Let us pause for a while and check ourselves if we are obeying God or still following our own desire. People keep running on responsibilities, commands, tasks and etc. because of fear that they may fail of doing the right thing. If anyone of us are still living in fear, now is the time to cast it out and give your full trust to God. Stop running away from the will of God and start trusting him.

God's plan is always the best.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone has a happy Halloween! Here is a picture of me dressed up at work Friday!

I would like to thank two of my coworkers for the wig and the ball and chain. I enjoyed goofing off with them!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Little Scare And Then Good News!

While everyone this week started out bad then ended on a good note. Things was been slow all week and I been fighting of sickness again. On Thursday, I had a little scare when they let three of the other temps go on my shift at work. I hated to see two of them go because they were good work friends. I will miss seeing them around work. I hope they find other work soon.

Thursday night, I got my first good night sleep all weeks. Friday morning, I did usual Friday stuff of talking with my Love, Jo Anne, getting my paycheck and going a little shopping for house supplies. That all went smoothly and even had a chance to clean my car. Then I got to work. Everything was going as normal until after dinner break when my supervisor came up to me and handed me an application for a permanent job. Now I will be filling out the paperwork this weekend. I hope to get the permanent job and things pick up at work. I have been praying for another friend at work that was not offered a permanent job. needless to say she was a little upset since she been there longer then the other temps. I hope see sticks in there. I sure the next opening will be hers.

I hope that I can being you guys more good news soon about work and the process to get Jo Anne here. May you all have I blessed week.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Heart of Worship

“Give yourself to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to Him to be used for righteous purposes.” Romans 6:13

The heart of worship is surrender; this is what Rick Warren says on his book, The Purpose Driven Life. As people, sometimes it is hard for us to surrender because it implies losing or a defeat and no one wants to be a loser.

True worship brings God pleasure and it will happen when you give yourself completely to God. Ninety five percent is not enough, God wants our whole being, the 100% of our life and not only a part of it. We can't say that we surrender to God if we are still living in fear, pride and confusion. These are the three barriers that block our total surrender to God. To totally surrender to God we must trust Him, admit our limitations and allow Him to control our lives.

For the past week, i have been into a lot of stress and it come to a point that I am almost living with fear and worry. But God speak to me through His message at the church that inspires me and encourage me to continue my journey and surrender my life fully to Him. Life without Christ is nothing. Let us all come back to the heart of worship, and it is all about Jesus.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Bright Side Of Allergies

This week my allergies have acted up. They have not brought me to a complete stop but at time they make it hard to do things (like breathe). This was one of the bad years were I got allergies in both the spring and the fall. Since my freshman year of college, when I had a bad cold, I had a problem with allergies. Since then I have got they in the spring or the fall but not in both most years.

I have sent the last couple days thinking about the positive side of allergies. yes there is a positive side. My allergies are caused by pollen from plants. I see that a couple days of discomfort as worth the beauty of the flowers and trees I see a round me. I also can get my pay back by eating the plants and using them for other helpful applications.

I guess one of these days, I will check to see want I react to to cause my allergies. For now, my allergies are normally not that bad to bother checking. Besides, most of the time it is only a couple days I need to deal with them.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Okay, I Am More Confused Now Then When I Started!

The title of this post sums up the last two weeks since my last post. I have been working on trying to get Jo Anne here the United States. The more I learn about the process the more confused I get about the process. I am glad that God has blessed me with a good job that is as safe as a job can be now days. Now I am working on hiring a lawyer to help me with the process or at least explain it to me better. Last weekend, I read the section of State Department's website on visas. Needless to say, I felt more confused after reading the information there then I did before reading the website. I was hoping to above having to hire a lawyer but I just can not make since of parts of the process.

Right now in my life, finding a way to be with my Love, Jo Anne, here is my biggest worry. I often worry if I doing the the thing. No, I am sure that we will be together. I am talking about which way to go so we will be together. I have found comfort in the Book of Philippians, which my Sunday School Class as been studying for the pass few weeks and remembering all the things God was done before for me. I still worry, but when I realize I am worrying about it too much I turn it over to God.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV)

All my life, God has blessed me many times over. Many times, these blessing can at what seemed to be the last possible minute. Looking back, I can even see a blessing in the bad things that have happen in my life. This past week, I have been focusing more on seeing the blessing in everything and having a heart of Thanksgiving.

For example, last Monday, I took my car in for inspection and my car failed. I am blessed to have a car. I have some money to make the repairs that need to be done. I have 60 days to do them. That is just a few of the blessing that I can up with out of this situation.

I would like to to challenge you to look for blessings in everything in your life. It has helped me a great deal.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nice Surprise!

Friday, I got a nice surprise when I deposited my paycheck in the bank. Unemployment deposited some back pay that was own to me that I did not know about. It was good news and it will help with money I need to save up to get Jo Anne here. I love when God provides such great surprises.

This week, I will be meeting with one of the ministers at my church to see about resources the church may have to help me. Maybe he can help us find someone to sponsor Jo Anne for her visa to the United States. I am sure things will move quickly for us as soon as we find someone. All my life, I have seen God provide the right people or resources at the right time. It often seems to be the last possible moment when he does it to me but I have come to trust that God will provide.

Okay, back to the surprise money. Twice this past month, I have schedule to work overtime on Saturday only to see it canceled on the Friday before. The deposit did make up for the overtime that was canceled and I still met my savings goal for September. I need to sit down and plan out my budget for October now. I have talked to two of my friends that have some short-term projects coming up that they may have me help them with. I also am looking at getting a second job which all the money from it would go to build up my savings for emergencies and Jo Anne's papers.

I pray that I will have more blessings to share with your very soon. I continue yo trust God to provide for all my needs.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thank God For Overtime!

I was not able to do a post last Sunday due to my friend being out of town. I borrow his computer until I an able to get my own. I have been working a lot the past two weeks. I have worked nine hour shifts both weeks and this coming week will be nine hour shifts too. I hope working Saturday like not be canceled this week if at is posted like the last two weeks. I am glad Jo Anne was able to post a couple times.

I am tired but I am glad that I am getting overtime and not a boot out the door due to lack of work. Besides, I am trying to save up the money to get Jo Anne here and a new computer. I almost feel like I will never get the money but I did it before and I will do it again. With God's help of course. I thank God everyday for my job and pray for wisdom to use the money in a way that honors him.

I have been trying a new way to do my monthly budget this month and at seems to be working better for me. What I have done this month is do a full month budget to make sure I get all my bill and other expenses covered for the month, then I break it down by paycheck. I also decided to start each budget month with the paycheck after my rent is due. Now when I get my paycheck I just go down the list for that check and have everything taking care of.

I hope everyone has a blessed time until my next post.

Friday, September 17, 2010


One of my passions is looking around different kind of flowers. I feel very relax and rested having a beautiful flowers that surrounds me. There is much kind of flowers that we all knew but one of them caught my attention most and it is Everlasting.

As the name implies, it means forever. These flowers come from a member of the compositae family and can survive indefinitely when dried. It make great romantic gifts, along with the symbolism of the flower itself, you can express the desire to forever keep your relationship strong and beautiful.

Like the everlasting flower, we knew that God’s love will last for all time and His faithfulness is eternal. Sometimes in our lives, we feel that God’s love is changing and His presence is far away from us but we didn’t realize it’s us who keep distant from Him. His love is constant and He always wants the best for us. When suffering comes our way, we usually blame Him for what is going on in our lives but it is just the result of being disobedient to His will. We need to admit that sometimes we are all hard headed, we pray for His will but we always do what we want. God is faithful even though we are unfaithful, His love never change though our love for Him change. Let’s all be like an everlasting flower that will last for a lifetime. We should desire to keep our relationship to the Lord strong and beautiful because Jesus Christ will be the same yesterday, and today and forever.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8

"O Lord, I will always sing of your constant love; I will proclaim your faithfulness forever. I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky. You said, I have made a covenant with the man I chose; I have promised my servant David, A descendant of yours will always be king; I will preserve your dynasty forever. The heaven sing of the wonderful things you do; the holy ones sing of your faithfulness, Lord. No one in heaven is like you, Lord; none of the heavenly beings is your equal. You are feared in the council of the holy ones; they all stand in awe of you. Lord God Almighty, none is as mighty as you; in all things you are faithful, O Lord." Psalm 89:1-8

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Carry your Cross

Is your cross too heavy for you? Are you feeling tired carrying it?
The real attitude of people is to complain when they carry heavy loads. I want to share this video to give encouragement to everyone of us. God is faithful to His promises, no matter how big the cross we bear let’s always remember we have Him to give us strength and we will able to carry it through Him. The cross we have is a bridge towards a successful life.

"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learned from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

If your cross is too heavy, call upon the Lord and you will find rest. Carry your cross with faith in God, for His plan is greater than yours and He knows what is best for you. God is preparing us to have a wonderful life in the future, the hardship we experience mold us to become strong.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Fun Saturday!

This last week was a busy week and the coming week looks like it will be just as busy. I worked nine hour days on Thursday and Friday, get off from work at 1:30 AM in the morning. Saturday morning, finally got to sleep at 3 AM after getting off of work. I got up a little after 9 AM and talked with Jo Anne. After we did our daily prayer time, I got Rayna in the car and heading out to pick my friend Seth for a day of fun.

We drove up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I know of a nice swim hole up there, that I like to go swimming at when I can. Boy, the water was cold and Rayna did not like it one bit. This was the first and the last chance this summer that I could take her swimming. Maybe next summer, I will have more time to do it. After about a hour of playing around in the water, we head back to the car and went to Brevard, North Carolina.

After eating a late lunch at the Twin Dragons China Buffet, Seth and I looked around the stores in Brevard. In one of the store, I found and ended up buying some National Geographic Magazines from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. I think they will make a great addition to my library. As a little side note, I am looking forward to the treasures I find at the Friends of the Library Book Sale over the next three weekends. I will have to make another trip out to Brevard to buy some more books that I saw. Brevard has a very lovely downtown that is very pleasant to walk and shop.

I had to cancel my plans for the road trip on Labor Day. While at least, postpone the trip for a later time. At midnight last night, one of my mom's friends called and we had to take her dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. I used the money I planned to use on the trip to help her out. The dog is better now and after spending the day at the hospital was able to come home. We believe she was bit by a spider. Since mom has off Labor Day, I may just take her out and look around in the stores.

This week, I will be working nine hour days and Saturday. I get my forty hours and some overtime and maybe holiday pay for the coming week. not sure if temps get holiday pay where I work so I am not courting on it until I see it on my paycheck. There is a good chance of getting overtime over the next several weeks due to a upcoming project the company is working on. I hope it is enough money to get my own computer. Then, I can start post more and better post.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

A Love Letter from God

This is an intimate message from God. It's really wonderful and I hope it will give encouragement to everyone. He is the father you have been looking for all your life. This is His love letter to you:

My Child,
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1)
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2)
I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3)
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31)
For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27)
In me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28)
For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28)
I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
I chose you when I planned creation (Ephesians 1:11-12)
You were not a mistake,
For all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16)
I determined the exact time of your birth
And where you would live. (Acts 17:26)
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
I knit you together in your mother's womb. (Psalm 139:13)
And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6)
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me (John 8:41-44)
I am not distant and angry,
But am the complete expression of love. (1 John 4:16)
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you,
Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (1 John 3:1)
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11)
For I am the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48)
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17)
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33)
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Because I love you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)
My thoughts toward you are countless
As the sand on the seashore. (Psalms 139:17-18)
And I rejoice over you wiht singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40)
For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5)
I desire to establish you,
With all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41)
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3)
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13)
I am able to do more for you
Than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
I am also the Father,
Who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18)
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11)
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes,
And I'll take away all the pain
You have suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:3-4)
I am your Father and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23)
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26)
He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3)
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Romans 8:31)
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins,
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (1 John 4:10)
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love (Romans 8:31-32)
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (1 John 2:23)
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-39)
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7)
I have always been Father, and will always be Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15)My Question is; Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13)
I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

Love, your Dad
Almighty God

I want to thank the person who made this wonderful love letter from God. Every words written here are true and represents how much God really loves us. Let us meditate and reflect on His word day and night, it gives nourishment to our spiritual life.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fun and Relaxation Plans

Next weekend is Labor Day Week and I should have three days off. I have been thinking from some things to do.

Saturday, I plan to head up to a swim hole that I know on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I wanted to go swimming all summer and this could be my last chance this year. I plan to take my dog, Rayna, and a friend or two with me. I have been wanting to get Rayna to like water enough to swim. This swim hole should be the perfect place to take her.

Sunday will be my day for church and rest. Next Sunday is the start of our Fall Schedule at church.

Monday, I am thinking about taking a road trip. I have always wanted the take US Highway 64 all the ways across North Carolina to the coast. Next Monday, I am only going a couple hours down the road and coming back. I plan to explore the different places along the way. This will be my first road trip in about two years.

I will share about my adventures here. I am looking forward to next weekend and sharing it with you.

Overcoming the Storm

When we talked about storm, we think of thunderstorms or snowstorms. Sometimes in our lives we are facing this kind of storms and standing in the midst is really hard. For those who regularly visited our blog, you guys knew that Daniel and I were engaged for more than a year now. In our relationship, we have been through a lot of trials and we thank God for the strength He gave us. Now, we are facing another storm and I can say this is one of the hardest trials we had. It took him a little longer before he found a good job. It’s hard to be apart from someone you love, we long so much to be together and we planned to start the paperwork for my visa once he started working again. We thought that everything will turn out good now that he had a good job, but things get worst than what we expect. Our heart break into pieces when we heard the bad news that we cannot work on the fiancĂ© visa for some private reason, We can’t explain what we felt because it is more than a physical pain. We both cried when we talked on the phone and trying to think some way we can do in order for us to be together. We have a lot of fears and worries but we thank God for His love that continuously comfort us and bind us together. We are blessed to have our prayer time everyday, it help us a lot and serve as the key why we are still standing firm in the midst of this storm. We keep holding on to God’s promises and we know that everything is under His control. We are thankful for those people who are helping us to find someone who could be my sponsor. God is good and we know that He is working for us and He can make impossible things possible. To all our friends who keep praying for us, thank you very much and please continue to pray for us that we may overcome the storms in our lives.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24

"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him." Psalm 62:5

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Getting Closer To A Permanent Job

There was two more permanent jobs awards this week at work. While I am still a temp worker. The good things is I got a great chance to be hired on permanently with the next job offering. There is a lot of changes going on at work and I have heard that sales are up. They have brought more temps in so that means less overtime but, the pay raise I got a couple weeks ago makes up for that. it will be even better when I get a permanent job.

As for the other things going on in my life, they have been just as busy. We are trying to find someone to sponsor Jo Anne to come to the United States. We hope to find someone soon. My friends and I are sure we can find someone at my church who will be willing to help. My pastor as been doing a sermon series out of the Book of Job, it has been a great encouragement. You can here the sermon online at my church's Media Archive.

My places is looking more like a home now. I brought two sets of shelves for my books. I still needs at least one more. But I have room to move around in my living room now. I will try to organize my front room this week, which I plan to use as a office. Right now, it is more or less a storage room. I thinking a file cabinet and some shelves may help to there too. I stopped by Best Buy one day this week before work and looked at computers. I hope to be able to get a new one soon. The guy working there was very helpful and knowledgeable. Best of all he did not try to up sell me but, tried to help me find a computer that met my needs. Because of that I most likely going there to buy my computer. Once I get the computer, you will see more and better Blog post.

I hope everyone is doing good out there. may God bless all of you greatly in the future.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Sick This Past Week

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this past week, I was sick. I ended up going home from work on Tuesday. I was dehydrated to the point I stopped sweating and drinking water made me sick. At that point I was suffering from heat exhaustion. After a hour in the heat of the warehouse, I decided it was best to head on home. My health is more important then the money I may have made by staying. I felt good enough on Wednesday to go back to work. I was happy that they post the sheet for working Saturday on Thursday so I ended the week with one hour overtime for the week. God is great.

When I am at work, I am drinking water all the time. I wear a CamelBak as I work so I drink water without having to stop working to go get water. When work in a hot environment like I do it is very important to keep hydrated. Besides drinking lots of water, you want to take breaks every once in a lot to cool down. If you are working in the heat and you stop sweating, you need to stop and do something to cool down. Sweating is your bodies way of cooling down. Read this for more information about heat exhaustion.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


I did not have a chance to post last week, but I am glad Jo Anne posted something. My friend and I were helping I friend move out of a garage he was renting for his business. That is just one of many changes that have happen and are happening for me and the people in my life.

Here is the last few weeks I have slowly working on getting my house fully moved into. I have just a little more stuff in my storage. It will be interesting not to have to pay the storage rent after about ten years. Now I need to work on getting a few new things for the house. This week at work they have been training me on loading the truck. Them maybe moving me from packing over to the truck. I would prefer staying in packing, but I just happy to have a job. The job is making the biggest change in my life possible. I hope over the next few months to have things moving on getting Jo Anne here to the United States. Yes, marriage maybe the biggest change in someones life. I am so excited.

As for my mom, she has gotten some new furniture for her house. One of her neighbors have moved out and another one is moving out in a couple days. Then the house across from her apartment that has been empty since mom moved into her place had a family move in this month.

My friend who lets me use his computer so I can check e-mail and make these post is getting more calls for his business. I hope it continues to improve for him.

I am looking forward to some of the changes that are going and not to some of the others. Good or bad changes, I will adjust to them. I know that God has a reason for letting the changes happen. Changes are a part of life and is what makes life interesting. Life would be so boring without changes.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

God's Grace in times of Suffering

As what Daniel had shared last week, I have been in trouble because of my health condition. I feel sad when I got the result and found out that I had an infection that needs to be treated for 6 months by taking medications. I most likely got it from my work where I was exposed to different people when we go on a field. For the past week, I feel so depressed but God talked with me through His message on our worship service at church this morning. The Pastor talked about Paul's Vision and His thorn. Even Apostle Paul was given a physical ailment and asked the Lord to take it away but God replied "My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak." These verse makes me strong for I know God is there to lift me up everytime i feel weak. God has a reason and purpose why things happened and He will not let anyone be tempted beyond what we can bear.

But to keep me from being puffed up with pride because of the many wonderful things I saw, I was given a painful physical ailment, which acts as Satan's messenger to beat me and keep me from being proud. Three times I prayed to the Lord about this and asked him to take it away. But his answer was: "My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak." I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me. I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

God has blessed me with a loving family who are always there to support me and care for me. I thank God for having Daniel, my loving fiance who never leave me but instead love me faithfully and unconditionally. Things will be a little hard for me until I can cope up with my sickness, but I will not give up working on the ministry God wants me to do. My life belongs to God and I will used it for His glory.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Relying On God's Provisions

This past week, I have been thanking God for all he provides for me. This week I had to take my car to the garage due to a crack in the radiator. I was a little upset over it at first, but after I thought it over I relied that God provided me with the money and a ride to work. I do not like relying on people when it comes to rides to places I need to be. I hate waiting on people and like to be places on time. I got the radiator fixed and the thing it cost less then what I was planning on it to cost. Plus, the mechanic finished it the same day I took it in, when he told me it would take a week.

Then Jo Anne got test results back from the doctor that surprised her. She is sick and needs to take medication for the next six months to take care of the infection. we hope that the sickness will not have an ill affect on her visa. I hope to start of the paperwork this month. Please pray for her quick recovery.

In all my life, I can see the many times God has provided what I need at the time I need it. I have been focusing on relying of God's provision's a lot in the few years. He has never failed to come through.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Week Of Blessings!

This was a good week for me. As you can tell from the title of this post, I had several blessings this week.

It started last Sunday with Fourth Of July celebrations. My church had a great morning service. Then Sunday evening, my mom and I went down to Green Six Oaks in Tuxedo, North Carolina and enjoy the food, music, and fireworks. Another great fireworks show this year, it is the best in Western North Carolina. I met up with my old roommate and best friend there, we caught up with wants been going on and plans for the future.

I enjoyed having Monday off, which I spent working on moving things in and organizing them at my house. On Wednesday, the Human Resource person can around the told my that I got a pay raise. Even through it was to start with next week's check, i loved the surprise to see it on this week's check. Then I worked Saturday night, so I got forty hours for next week's check. Do not get holiday pay yet. My friend and mentor helped me Saturday with moving more stuff from my storage to my house. I hope that tomorrow, I can get the rest of the stuff out and moved into my house. If I do, I can avoid having the pay the rent for the storage unit for another month.

In the area of my bills, the only bills that was more that I planned on was my cell phone bill. It was only more by less then a dollar. The other bills were less then planned. Especially, if I can avoid paying rent on my storage unit this month, I hope to use the extra money to get some maintenance done on my car and have money to put aside for getting Jo Anne here.

I hope everyone has a week full of blessings this week. Remember, the best way to enjoy a blessing is the use it to bless others.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Books, Books, and more Books!

This past week, I worked on getting my books out of my storage unit and moved into my house. I knew that I had a lot of book, but don't realize I had a many as I do. I have filled two set of shelves up with books and still have more books. I need to get at least another set of shelves. I guess, I will be looking around yard sales and thrifty stores for shelves.

I also finished reading Legends of the Guardian-King series by Karen Hancock yesterday. I enjoyed all four books in the series. Now I have started reading Piercing The Darkness by Frank Peretti that my brother gave me a couple years ago for my birthday. I read several books at one time. What I mean is, I will read a little of one book then put it down and read from another book. I normally have three to four books that I switch back and forth on reading. I have always read this way and I keep the stories straight.

If you have been following Mountain Highs and Valley Lows for a while you know that I have talked about some of the other books that I have read. From time to time, I will continue to do that. I hope you will read some of the books that I talk about here.

Not having a television at my house yet has made it possible for me to do more reading of late. I hope to get everything moved into my house soon and squared away. I have to get creative on where I storage some of the books I have now at least until I get more shelves.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Place Becoming More A Home!

Now with my new job, I have been able to start getting things to make my new place more a home. This is the first month I had power on at my place. And this week a got air conditioner and a propane tank. I found the 6500 BTU air conditioner at the Council On Aging Thrift Store in town for $70. It works great and my trailer is a lot cooler now. The propane tank is for the gas stove. I will still be eating most meals at my mom's house.

I have been spending most of this week cleaning around my place. I feel like I have a new bathroom after I cleaned it. Having light to see really helped me see where I needed to clean the most. The people who rented before me had a cat. It looks like they had its liter box in the bathroom. After wiping everything down with bleach and Pine-Sol the whole place looks and swells better.

I am trying to move everything out of my storage over to my house. Save some money there. I doing it piece by piece so I can put things where I want them as I go. It is slowly turn into the place I want to live in.

Friday, June 25, 2010

With God all Things are Possible

"For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37

It has been a long time since I posted something on our blog. Now, this is the perfect time to start sharing again God’s faithfulness to everyone.

I want to share with you an inspiring story of a man with no arms and legs. Just try to put yourself in the position of this guy; can you imagine yourself doing everything without limbs? It is impossible but with God all things are possible.

Watch this video and be inspired.

We can compare our life to a wheel, sometimes you are on top and sometimes you are at the bottom. It is full of ups and downs. There are times when we are at the bottom and encountering a lot of struggles in our life, which is also the start when we lose our hope and want to give up.

Nick Vujicic, is a man with no arms and legs but he never give up. He experienced bitter things when he was a child because of his disability but he looked at it as a challenge and turn bitter to better. He said if you fail 100 times; try again and again and again. He is a living testimony to everyone of us, with his faith to God no matter how impossible he can make it possible. He never gives up but keep his faith to God that he can do anything through Christ who strengthens him.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Being Positive At Work!

This week at work the things my co-workers said to me the most was how positive I am about my work. First of all, I am glad to have a job. Then like everyone else there I rather be doing somethings else but they do pay me to be at work. Besides, if I was not at work I would be just wasting time at home and not making money. If you have to be somewhere why make it harder by complaining about it. I do enjoy my job and work with a great group of people at the warehouse. My job is a way God is using to provide for my needs and soon a way to be able to get Jo Anne here to the United States.

I have made an effort to be more positive about my job then I have with my past jobs. Work is a blessing from God. It is a form of worship, so we should do the best work we can at our jobs.
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, ~ Ecclesiastes 2:24 (ESV)

If you have a job I encourage you to try to look at the positive things about your job. If you are unemployed like I was not to long ago please keep up the faith that you will find work soon.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Update: Sorry It's Been So Long!

Just wanted to give you guys a quick update. This is the first time that I have had to write something on here in a while. I am using a friends computer to do this post. I hope next time will not be so long. I would like to thank my followers who have stayed followers during this time of change.

Okay, now on with the update. First, I got a new job and a new place to live. Soon I will be start the Visa process to get Jo Anne here to the United States. I hope to get a new computer soon, too. When that happens I should be back to posting more regularly.

I am working at warehouse for a electrical equipment company. I enjoy the job and work with a great group of people.

Back in March, I found a place to rent. It is not much but will a little work I can make it more like a home. The new job will help. I will stay here until I can get enough money saved for a better place.

Jo Anne and I are still talking everyday. In July, we will start the process for her Visa and I promise I will post updates here as things move a long with that. We are hoping to be together at Christmas this year. Christmas in the Philippines sounds great to me.

Okay, I have to go and finish checking e-mail and other things now. I have not forgotten you guys. Hope to post more soon.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Lot Going On

OK, first today is my birthday. I have already gotten several birthday greetings from my family, friends, and business I do business with. I am glad so many remembered.

Tomorrow, I will be leaving the place that I have called home for the last four years. My landlords are going to do some well needed remodeling. I have not found a place to settle yet. A friend from my church is suppose to call me and talk about sharing a place with him. I hope to find a little cottage near town to stay in until we can get everything setup. The only draw back I will not have Internet access at home, so my number of post to this Blog will be limited for the time being. I will post when I can using my friends' computers and Jo Anne will continue to post. I hope this period of time will be short.

I am continuing my search for a job. In February, I will be checking into programs to help me find a job or get my own business started. This is the slow time of year for work where I live. I have not received any call of job offers. I plan on making some business cards advertising my service that I offer. Services I offer are helping people move furniture, teach basic computer skills to adults, and a couple other things.

Things have been tough for me lately, but I continue to trust God to provide as he always have for my needs. Of late the old saying that goes "It is darkest before the dawn" has been running through my head.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Michelin On Main

On Friday, my mom and I went down to Greenville, South Carolina. We visited with my sister Mary who lives in Greenville. After spending time with Mary and my nephews and niece, we went to Michelin On Main.

Michelin in at the intersection of Main Street and Camperdown Way in Greenville. In the store you can buy merchandise with the Michelin man and logo on them and also learn about the company's history. Also, the local television station, WSPA Channel 7 films two daily shows there during the week. Your Carolina with Jack and Kimberly and Scene on 7 filmed in the morning at Michelin On Main. Michelin On Main is one of many attraction in downtown Greenville and will worth a visit.

Photo Of The Week: Rayna Enjoying The Bed

Rayna enjoys visiting my mom's house since she gets to come inside the house. Her favorite thing to do at mom's house is to lay on my mom's bed. She looked so cute laying of the bed I had to take a picture to share with you.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Maximizing God’s Given Talents

”Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

“Maximizing God’s given talent” is our theme last Sunday on our church 93rd year anniversary. Maximize means giving the highest level or to the fullest. Everyone has received different gifts from God, the Bible says at Romans 12:6-8 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leading, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

On one chapter of the book The Purpose Driven Life, it is said each of us was uniquely designed, or “shaped”, to do certain things. God formed every creature with a special area of expertise and each of us has a particular role to play, based on the way we were shaped by God. He planned exactly how he wanted us to serve Him, and He shaped us for those tasks. God made us by His purpose and for His purpose. Let us admit that sometimes we fail to use our gifts for His glory because we didn’t surrender and submit our lives to Him. God deserves the best. He doesn't want us to worry but instead he wants us to focus on the talents/ministry He has given us to use. The best use of our life is to serve God out of our shape and develop it to its fullest potential.

I thank God for the gifts I had and I want to used it for His glory. It is a great blessing for me that I can use my profession in the ministry that God wants me to do. I long on the day that Daniel and I will serve the Lord together through the ministry He will entrust us.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Jump Off Rock

Yesterday, I took a trip up to Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park, North Carolina. Take ten minute drive on Laurel Park Highway out of Hendersonville. From Jump Off Rock, you can enjoy great view of the mountains and surrounding area. You can see Asheville, Biltmore Estate, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. You also have a choice of walking three hiking trails which I did not walk yesterday due to the snow and ice left on the ground.

Photo Of The Week: Lake Osceola

Lake Osceola is one of my favorite places to go walking. This is a picture of the bridge over the spillway. You can see the lake froze over due to the cold temperatures over the past couple weeks.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Earthquake

My thoughts and prayers have been with the people of Haiti since I first heard about the earthquake. Many member of my church have been on mission trips to Haiti. Mr Revis a missionary form my church was in Port au Prince at the time of the quake. He saw a five story building collapsed in front of him. Thousands are feared dead including the Roman Catholic archbishop for Haiti.

Several organizations are already helping in Haiti and organizing relief for the people of Haiti. Here is a list of organizations with information on how you can help.

Compassion - Disaster Relief Fund
International Mission Board - Helping Haiti
Samaritan's Purse

Many people are given money, material things and even going to Haiti to help. Please pray for the people in Haiti.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Photo Of The Week: Road Less Taken

It has been three weeks now since the snow and the driveway is still covered with snow and ice. The temperatures are suppose to get warmer in a couple days. I hope it gets warm enough to melt the remaining snow and ice. At least, I am able to get up and down the driveway.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Planning Future Day Trips

For those of you who have been following this Blog for awhile, you know I like to take day trips. Yesterday, I went to the Visitor Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina to get some ideas for upcoming trips. I picked up several pamphlets for different places of interest that I am looking forward to sharing here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. I have a list of museums, wineries, and other sight-seeing spots that I want to check out this year.

When my mom and I were visiting my aunt on Monday, my aunt talked about coming down to see her in the spring and summer. While we are visiting her, we will visit some on the places around Marion, North Carolina. And of course, I hope to go back to the Philippines this year to bring Jo Anne back to the United States when her Visa is approved.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Oh Baby, It Is Cold Outside!

For the past week, it has not been above freezing here in Western North Carolina. This is the longest cold snap in over twenty years. I have been staying inside where is been warm as much as we can. The wind chili has been below zero degree Fahrenheit (minus eighteen degree Celsius). The wind is what makes it bad since it makes it feel colder plus the wind cut through some of the layers of clothing. While the good news is in a couple days the weather service is calling for it to warm up.

Winter is my favorite season but this cold is a little to cold for me. I love the snow but the little snow that is left is hard a rock now. The water at my house has froze. But the good things about the cold weather and the problems that come with it is you see the blessings that God has provided. I have been taking my showers at my mom's house. I think mom enjoys having me around.

I am starting to long to head to the Philippines to spend sometime with Jo Anne. It is some warm there. The cold weather will most likely be the biggest adjustment she will have to make when she gets here. I will make sure sure she has plenty of warm clothes to wear and a warm home to come home too.

I hoping when the weather warms up a little bit to go out and do some exploring around the area. I trying to think of some places to share about here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows! I hope you all keep warm out there.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

A Blessed Sunday

Today is the first Sunday for this year 2010. I went to church with full excitement after I missed all the activities last Christmas and New Year. I had two weeks vacation at work to enjoy the holiday season but I got sick and was advised to take a bed rest. I thank God that I am healed now from Parotitis and my face is not swollen anymore. After two weeks of spending time at home, I got a chance to go out today to attend the Sunday Worship service. I am so blessed on the message delivered by our Pastor with the theme of “New Commitment for the Year 2010”. He got the passage on Philippians 3:12-14 (Pressing on Toward the Goal).

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

I want to share the three important things he pointed out on his message.
> Commit yourself to forget your failures
> Commit yourself to give up our grudges (Colossians 3:13)
> Commit yourself to restore your relationship

In order for us to move forward, we need to forget our failures. God’s word says we must not allow ourselves to be bogged by our past. We should give up also our grudges because it is an unforgiving spirit that leads to unforgiving actions. It is dangerous because they are destructive. One quotation said, "Unforgiving servants always end up in prison" (prison of anger, prison of guilt, prison of depression). To restore our relationship we must allow the word of God to shape our thinking, attitude and value. As we start year 2010, let us replace all our worries with faith and live with full determination so we can press on toward the goal.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Goals for 2010

With the beginning of the year, it is time to set some goals for 2010. I had two goals for 2009. The first was to pay off my car, which I did get paid off in December. The second goal was to finish reading the whole Bible by the end of 2009. I did not finish reading it. I even lose my check list.

My first goal for 2010, is to found a job or jobs that will pay enough money to start working on getting Jo Anne's Visa. It want a job that I will enjoy doing and feel like I am helping people. I would like a job that I can stay at for several years.

My second goal for 2010, is to save enough money for three to six months in my emergency fund. This will be to help Jo Anne and I get off to a good start in our life together. It will also make it easier for me to get the rest of my debt paid off.

My third goal is to start my own business. I have always wanted to have my own business. I plan to use my business to start my ministry that I have talk about on this Blog before to help people get out of poverty.

I will work harder on achieving these goals then I did for my goals for 2009. I will post about my process here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows.

Photo Of The Week: Snow Still Here!

I has been two week since the snow storm that left eight to twelve inches of snow in Western North Carolina. This is the longest I see snow stay on the ground here. Of course this storm hit early for a snow storm of its size. Normally, big snow storm come in March in Western North Carolina.